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Man jailed for paying for the sexual services of children

|News, Sexual offences

A paedophile was jailed at Newport Crown Court on 5 March 2021, for paying for the sexual services of children living in the Philippines.

Peter Tomlinson, aged 63, was sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment. He was also made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life and will be on the sex offenders register for life.

He pleaded guilty to 20 counts of sexual offending against children, including paying or attempting to pay for the sexual services of children and making indecent photographs of children.

Tomlinson made contact with women in the Philippines via the internet and paid them to see live sex shows involving young children, many under the age of 13. His offending included directing the sexual abuse that he wanted to see for the purposes of his own sexual gratification.

Between May 2015 and April 2017, he made payments of over £5,500 in 127 transactions to different people in the Philippines to pay for the children to take part in these sex shows. Additional enquiries made by the National Crime Agency during the course of this extensive investigation revealed that Tomlinson had transferred in the region of £10,000 for the offending to which he has pleaded guilty.

Anthony Johns, CPS Wessex Senior Crown Prosecutor, said: “The careful review of thousands of text messages, chat history, financial records and indecent images proved that Tomlinson was responsible for the sexual offences in this case, and the weight of that evidence meant that Tomlinson had no choice but to plead guilty.

"Not only is an appalling child sex offender in jail today but, as a result of this prosecution, children in the Philippines have been safeguarded from further abuse.

"We will continue to work with the National Crime Agency to make sure that people who pay for the sexual abuse of children, whether that be in this country or abroad, will be found and prosecuted.”

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